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For those of you that do not know Zeke is my 17 week old (as of tomorrow) and we are going through the terrible teens (Teething, hormonal changes, etc.). One of his worst habits is attacking shoes...while you are still in them. When you sit he strikes, when you walk, he trips you, and so on. If you try to push him away to get him to pay attention to your sharp No's his aggression gets turned onto you. This is quite worry some as he does this with my parents when they come to visit and they are older and will not be able to control him as he continues to grow nor should they have to. He is otherwise a very docile dog but when he gets going with the shoes he is almost impossible to stop without a timeout in his crate. I tried a different brand of what was suppose to be biter apple but he likes the taste of this one so that backfired Anyone else have this issue or suggestions as to how to combat it?

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Freyja hates gloves.  Every time I put them on she gets a bit "riled up".  Saying "no" a couple of times and going on with my work usually settles her down.

We found at that age our best correction tool was a flyswat.  A quick tap on the nose and a loud "no" may be all it takes to get his attention.  Keep several flyswats handy in strategic locations.  Eventually he will learn that attacking shoes is not acceptable and will quit, but you have to be consistant in the correction.

When Freyja was about that age she'd want to play a bit rowdier than my wife wanted.  After a few taps on the nose (never hard, just a flick of the wrist) with the flyswat all it took was getting the flyswat to settle her down.  The rowdy play finally went away on it's own, unless I initiated it of course.

Hope you find this helpful.

 

 

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I am no dog expert.  Or puppy expert.  This is just IMO.  Puppies get so focused and playful.  I wonder when you say aggression, what you mean - is it play biting and play growling?  That's not really aggression.  He's young.  I think most of us have had issues with our dogs not wanting to "turn off" when we tell them to.  Does he get a couple of hours of exercise everyday?  To me, having a doberman has taken more work than any other dog I've ever had.  But, b/c I've put so much into training and being with him, I'm getting lots of rewards now that he's close to a year old.  I remember Reesie having issues coming at us and coming at us to nip our shirt sleeves, not wanting to stop when you said stop.  Some of it he grew out of, but I think some of it had to do with the fact that we stayed consistent and set a lot of rules for him. (google NILIF).  There is a lot of great info on here - a lot of which you can read just by going back over old posts.  Lots of great info on different types of training methods.  I've learned TONS!!  It does take a lot of time to train and think through what you want your dog to be like 12 months from now.  But I don't think you'll be disappointed with the results. 

Hope the best for you!

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I just saw Freyja's Dad's post...a squirt bottle was great too!!  Now just putting the squirt bottle out keeps him away from the counter!

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Thank you all for your input! I bought a new Bitter spray today for the shoes and Zeke HATES IT! I actually got some of the mist in my mouth and I can see why...Tastes like earwax! I use the term "Aggression" in the proper manner above rather than the misconception of it being a defect or "Bad" thing! (The Doberman is bred for a specific temperament. He is not vicious – he is aggressive. He is not stubborn – he is determined.~ Refer to the Temperament section of this site)